Local’s Favorites: The Best Seafood Restaurants In North Myrtle Beach

Are you planning to visit North Myrtle Beach? If you are, then you should ensure that you enjoy some of the seafood prepared by the best restaurants in the area. While there is no shortage of places along the beach to find seafood, local North Myrtle Beach residents seem to have a few favorites we’d like to share with you. Here are the top 5 North Myrtle Beach seafood restaurants to visit during your visit (in no order).

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Duffy Street Seafood Shack

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This Cherry Grove area restaurant offers great seafood with the southern style we’ve come to love. If you want to enjoy your stay in the beach, you should ensure that you visit this restaurant since you will always be met with the quality that would match your expectations. In addition, you should remember that Duffy Street Seafood Shack restaurant has some of the trained chefs who will ensure that you enjoy stay in the city.

When you visit the restaurant, the staff will ensure that they offer great services and excellent seafood at reasonable prices.

The popular Onion Rings will have you wanting to come back again later that day just to taste the deep-fried goodness all over again. We’re also partial to the popular steamed Oysters — 12 fresh served with crackers and sauce/butter for just $12.99 is a great value.

Sea Merchants Restaurant

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Sea Merchants Restaurant has been operating for over 25 years, but many visitors to the beach don’t even know about it! Sea Merchants Restaurant is definitely a wonderful place for families to go. The seafood is uniquely different at the same time spectacularly delicious. When you visit them, you will find that wait staff are full of personality, helpful, and really love their time helping you pick the perfect dish.

Atmosphere of the restaurant is an older style, fireplace, wooden table, cloth napkins. When you visit, you will enjoy yummy tasty shrimp and tasteful scallops that makes them a perfect place if you love unique flavors. You will always get some of the best deals especially for those visiting the restaurant ordering their fresh fish dishes that are very tasty.

Boardwalk Billy’s Restaurant

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For those who need a casual early dinner, this should be their restaurant of choice. Their seafood is really good. You will enjoy species of mollusks, raw Oysters which the restaurant prepares very well. In addition, they have outdoor patio where you can sit to enjoy your food while having a look at the water. During your stay, you can play some games such as beanbag toss. You will definitely enjoy yourself during your stay in the Crescent Beach area for your vacation.

Their prices during happy hour are awesome with seafood choices (about 1/2 pound of crab legs going for only $7, sushi ranging from $2.99 to $3.99). You will enjoy your time when visiting this popular area restaurant. Make sure to come early, it can fill up with lots of guests to the area later on during the day.

Flying Fish Public Market & Grill

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The restaurant specializes in offering Flounder, Cod, Sea Bass and Oysters which are excellent in terms of their flavor profile. When you visit them, you will always have a wide range of options that you can choose from when visiting the restaurant.

Eating at the Flying Fish Market & Grill will give you an experience that will live in your mind till the next visit back to the beach! All seafood they offer is perfectly seasoned and cooked fresh. You will always be happy that you will enjoy your time eating mouth-watering food during your vacation. In addition, music and live entertainment shows keep you entertained when visiting the beach for your holidays for the first time.

Eugene Platt’s Seafood

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Another amazing seafood spot is the Eugene Platt’s Seafood Market that has all you need especially when visiting the Cherry Grove area. They offer special shrimp, crab legs, calamari salad, flounder, and included cocktail sauce that you can enjoy during your stay at your condo rental. In addition, you will find that they have fair prices and their seafood is often some of the most fresh anywhere in North Myrtle Beach! While not a traditional restaurant with seating, you can take your food to-go and enjoy at your own pace.

Great restaurant to get fresh seafood! Our guests love their steamed shrimp with special ‘house’ seasoning. In terms of their prices, they often some of the best prices especially when you want to save some money during your stay at North Myrtle Beach. Apart from their excellent seafood, you can enjoy the cool climate and sea breeze during your visit.

In conclusion, the restaurants we’ve highlighted are the top 5 North Myrtle Beach seafood restaurants to visit during your vacation especially when you want to get fresh locally-caught seafood!

North Myrtle Beach vs Myrtle Beach

You really can’t go wrong when choosing a Coastal South Carolina location to spend that much-needed vacation time away. Many people are drawn to Myrtle Beach just based on being so familiar with the name. But did you know that North Myrtle Beach is a separate city in itself, that’s close by and offers so much more?

It’s worth your time to take a closer look before making your vacation plans. At Grand Strand Resorts we have hundreds of reasons that are sure to convince you why North Myrtle Beach is far superior to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Here are just the obvious ones.

Myrtle Beach is Crowded!

Why Choose North Myrtle Beach Over Myrtle Beach
North Myrtle Beach is less crowded and overall calmer than Myrtle Beach. It’s more suited to those that want to get away and unwind.

Our Beaches Are Family-Friendly

Why Choose North Myrtle Beach Over Myrtle Beach
North Myrtle Beach is incredibly family-friendly. Why go somewhere that you have to worry about losing the kids. Stay with us and experience the difference a family-friendly beach can make.

We Can Save You Money

Why Choose North Myrtle Beach Over Myrtle Beach
Save money when you stay with Grand Strand Resorts. Our oceanfront rooms are typically less expensive than what they’ll change in Myrtle Beach.

We’ll Give You Space to Spread Out!

Why Choose North Myrtle Beach Over Myrtle Beach
When it comes to spreading out on the beach you’ll appreciate how much wider yet more secluded the beaches are in North Myrtle Beach.

Our Water is Cleaner

Why Choose North Myrtle Beach Over Myrtle Beach
It’s a fact! Our ocean water is just an overall better quality than nearby beaches according to the federal government’s S.C. Beach Access & Water Quality Guide.

No High Rise Buildings Here

Why Choose North Myrtle Beach Over Myrtle Beach
Just look around! You’ll immediately notice the lack of tall high rise buildings around North Myrtle Beach that populate the beachfront further south. Come visit us where the view is accessible from all of our vacation rentals.

North Myrtle Beach Rental Chairs & Umbrella Information

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There is nothing quite like a relaxing, luxurious beach vacation in South Carolina. Whether you want to enjoy invigorating water sports and other lively activities, or you would rather just lay back and leisurely absorb the sight of the sea, the sunshine, and the sounds of the waves, all while sipping away at a cool, refreshing drink – you want to make sure that you are able to do so in maximum comfort, while you are also being protected from the heat.

Bringing your own beach chairs and umbrellas -especially if arriving with children- is unnecessarily complicated; North Myrtle beach chairs are readily available for short- and long-term rentals through North Myrtle Beach Services. From late April to mid-October, you can rent beach chairs and umbrellas from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. Beach Services can also help you to set up your reserved chairs ahead, taking all chores off your shoulders, so you can relax and enjoy your well-deserved vacation without having to worry about any technical details, delays, or frustration. For your complete ease of mind, Beach Services are offering cold drinks and refreshments as well -at an additional cost -along the beach, making your North Myrtle Beach vacation even more hassle-free and convenient.

How To Rent Beach Chairs and Umbrellas

Renting your beach chairs and umbrellas is extremely easy! You have two simple options to choose from:

Call Beach Services at (843) 280-5684, or
Visit the website of the City of North Myrtle Beach Parks and Recreation Department to secure your rental at http://nmb.us/apps/beachservices/home.aspx

Whichever option you may select, you will be presented with the available Daily, Weekly, and Season passes, along with special, Combo Packages offered.

North Myrtle Beach List of Chair and Umbrella Rentals

You have many convenient rental options to choose from:

Daily Rental Prices:

Full Day Chair, plus any additional extra chairs: $10
Full Day Umbrellas, plus any additional extra umbrellas: $15
Daily Combo, including 2 chairs and 1 umbrella: $25

Weekly Rental Prices (Buy 6 Days, Get 1 Day Free):

Weekly Chair rental: $60
Weekly Umbrella rental: $90
Weekly Combo, including 2 chairs and 1 umbrella: $150

Season Pass:

Includes two chairs and one umbrella: $600

All prices are valid as of January, 2019.

As you see, renting North Myrtle Beach chairs needn’t be a complicated process. Begin to plan your South Carolina getaway now, and rest assured, you will have a relaxing, comfortable, and worry-free stay in North Myrtle Beach!

The Best Grocery Stores In North Myrtle Beach

You finally made it to the land of fun and sun! No doubt you’re eager to sink your toes into warm sand, play in the salty sea and let your cares melt away. But before you do that, you may need to take care of a few practical things first, like buying groceries.

All of our vacation rentals in North Myrtle Beach come with fully equipped kitchens, making it easy to enjoy a night or two in during your vacation. We have plenty of grocery stores in our area to meet your shopping needs, each one conveniently located near local neighborhoods so you never have to drive far.

Which one should you choose? It all depends on where you’re staying and what you’re looking for. North Myrtle Beach stretches from Barefoot Landing to Cherry Grove, and within that distance offers everything you could ask for.

Boulineau’s IGA

Cherry Grove is a narrow spit of land dominated by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and a beautiful inlet on the other. It’s the most remote area in all of North Myrtle Beach. The grocery store that serves this area is Boulineau’s IGA at the corner of Sea Mountain Highway and Ocean Boulevard. Boasting two floors and a lighthouse structure on one corner, Boulineau’s is instantly recognizable to locals and tourists alike.

Downstairs you’ll find a comprehensive grocery store, although the selection is limited compared to other stores. The prices are somewhat higher as well. However, the meat selection is good and the bakery offers a wealth of tasty treats to enjoy. In addition, the cafeteria serves up hot breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.

Upstairs is home to a large souvenir shop complete with everything you need to enjoy a day on the beach. You can even get a fishing license and buy bait and tackle here!

Publix

Publix is located off Highway 17 North in the attractive Coastal North Town Center. Not only is Publix arguably the supermarket with the widest selection of goods in the North Myrtle Beach area, it’s also nestled amid a plethora of other stores that will tempt to you stay much longer than you intended to. Publix is spacious, clean and abounding with variety. The bakery offers a delicious array of goodies, the deli is stocked with meats that are freshly sliced to your liking and the meat department has choices that include steaks, roasts, clams, crab legs, lobster, octopus and fish. The international aisle may introduce you to things you’ve never tried before. There are good wine and beer selections, the health and beauty department has more items than most grocery stores and the wellness section offers holistic alternatives to regular over-the-counter remedies.

Once you’ve completed your grocery shopping, more choices for fun await! The shopping plaza includes T.J. Maxx, ULTA Beauty, Versona and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Dining options include Chipotle, amaZing’s Kitchen and Hickory Tavern.

Walmart

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That old standby, Walmart, is located in the Gator Hole Plaza less than a mile south of Publix, where it shares space with other retail giants like Home Depot, Office Depot and Petco. It has everything you would expect from a Walmart. The lines can get very long, however, especially during the summer months when the tourist season is strong. If you’re happy to brave the crowd, you’ll find Subway and a pretzel shop inside this store, the bakery is quite nice and the prices are always reasonable.

Aldi

The most recent addition to the North Myrtle Beach family of grocery stores, Aldi is a stripped down, unpretentious grocery store that chooses to go frills-free in order to pass the savings down to the customer. You won’t hear music or advertisements and you won’t be greeted by expensive displays or shelving. Instead, you’ll find incredible deals on both name-brand and off-brand products (that are often just as good as the original, if not better). Bring a quarter with you when you come; you’ll have to insert it in the lock on the shopping carts before you can release one to use. However, you get that quarter back when you return the cart. It’s a smart way to stop people from leaving their shopping carts rolling free in the parking lot.

Kroger

Kroger is located on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach, the same street where the annual Shag festivals are held. While it does have a rather dated exterior, this Kroger is nevertheless quite clean and comfortable, with a very good produce selection and reasonable prices. It also has a pharmacy that stays open until 8pm on weekdays and 6pm on weekends.

Bi-Lo

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Bi-Lo has two locations in North Myrtle Beach. One is on Main Street, directly across from Kroger. The other is located next to the entrance to Barefoot Landing. As is the case with Kroger, both are rather dated buildings. The Barefoot location has better selection than the Main Street one. However, the prices at both are sometimes surprisingly high. Check the sale pages before you shop so you don’t miss out on any deals.

Here’s a bonus tip: if you love fresh produce and supporting local farmers, check out the Waccamaw Market Cooperative. They host a farmer’s market in North Myrtle Beach every Friday from the beginning of May to the end of October. You can find them under the pavilion at 925 1st Avenue South, situated directly across from the town library.

Explore The Ocean: Dolphin Tours in Myrtle Beach

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If you’re looking for a way to get an up-close look at the world beneath the waves in North Myrtle Beach, a dolphin tour is a great way to see some of the beautiful wildlife in an unforgettable way! Dolphin cruises and tours are specifically designed to seek out whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals in their natural habitat, so that you’re sure to have a vacation experience that you’ll never forget.

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The Best North Myrtle Beach Sports Bars To Visit During Your Vacation

As you know, North Myrtle Beach is a great vacation spot regardless of the time of year you visit. Fortunately, if you are a sports bar fan, you will find there are many establishments of this type from which to choose in our great beach town! If you are staying in one of our vacation rentals and want to visit the best sports bars North Myrtle Beach has to offer, you should consider those listed below:

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North Myrtle Beach Dog Rules & Vacation Tips

Rules You Need To Follow When Vacationing With Your Pet In North Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach Dog Rules & Vacation Tips
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When you plan your visit to North Myrtle Beach, you’ll probably be thinking of taking your entire family with you. We know that means you probably want to take your dog with you on your trip as well! The good news is that dogs are welcome in the greater North Myrtle Beach area, but there are some rules you’ll need to be aware of to make sure you’re following the letter of the law. 

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Movie Theaters Near North Myrtle Beach To Enjoy

If you are someone coming to North Myrtle Beach for a vacation, or someone looking to go on a day out, there are plenty of places to enjoy the movies in nearby Myrtle Beach. 

Going to a movie is one of the activities that people can do when trying to look for something fun to do on a day you’re not enjoying the beach or if it’s a bit rainy. North Myrtle Beach has a number of brilliant movie theaters around the area that are always screening the latest films. Here is a list of some of the best movie theaters around North Myrtle Beach.

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Fishing In North Myrtle Beach: A Guide To All Types Of Fishing

North Myrtle Beach offers miles of unspoiled beaches, beautiful scenery, great nightlife and some of the best fishing you could ask for.

If you’re visiting North Myrtle Beach for the first time, you may be interested in taking a beach day off to go fishing! Lucky for you, there’s plenty of fishing options: charter, shore and pier fishing.

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North Myrtle Beach boasts three popular piers where you can enjoy the best in inshore, offshore, artificial reef, deep sea and surf fishing. Fish are abundant in South Carolina. Even young, first-time fishers will enjoy the thrill of the catch.

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The Best Pizza Places In North Myrtle Beach

Pizza joints are the hot spot after some serious fun in the sun in Myrtle Beach! Pizza is not only convenient but delicious, and there is no shortage of diverse restaurants throughout the area in North Myrtle Beach and just south in Myrtle Beach. You can choose from flavored crusts to New York Style and innovative topping combinations. Here is a list of the top Myrtle Beach pizza parlors that locals and our visitors love.

Ultimate California Pizza

Ultimate California Pizza has multiple locations throughout the Grand Strand. It’s one of the only pizza places that offers over 70 toppings to choose from. Their three top sellers are the Buffalo Chicken hot wing pizza, the Big Kahuna topped with layers of veggies, meat, and three types of cheese; or the San Francisco loaded with peppers, mushrooms, Roma tomatoes, and filet.

Mod Pizza

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With a unique “build it for you” style, Mod Pizza has become a favorite. Located in the Coastal North Town Center, it’s ideal for single-serve pizzas and when you don’t want to share with someone else. Served quickly and with a smile, Mod Pizza is the ideal post-beach dinner or lunch.

Mellow Mushroom Pizza

Myrtle Beach is home to two locations of this nationwide chain called the Mellow Mushroom. Their unique specialty pies are made with only the highest quality ingredients. The two most popular pizzas are the Funky Q. Chicken, a BBQ chicken pie with bacon, caramelized onions, and a spectacular BBQ sauce, and the Magical Mystery Tour topped with mozzarella and feta cheese, pesto sauce, spinach, jalapenos, and Portobello mushrooms. Traditional-style pizzas and gluten-free options are available as well as craft beers on tap.

Gino’s: Real New York Pizza

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Gino’s has three locations on the Grand Strand. You can expect true to New York-style pizza for an excellent value. You can choose from Sicilian or traditional New York thin crusts. If you’re in a hurry or not tremendously hungry, enjoy their pizza by the slice. The calzones, subs, and pasta won’t disappoint.

Godfather’s Pizza

With several locations all over the U.S., Godfather’s Pizza has a sentimental attachment to many beachgoers. They offer a weekday buffet, dine-in, and carry out. Their specialty pizzas include the Humble Pie which contains Italian sausage, green peppers, mozzarella, onions, and pepperoni; the Bacon Cheeseburger; or an All-Meat Combo.

Hungry Howie’s Pizza

Hungry Howie’s Pizza is widely-known for their highly-flavored crust pies. This franchise is the 11th largest pizza chain in the United States. On top of their gluten-free and specialty pizzas, you can order calzone-style subs, salads, chicken wings and tenders, bread, and brownies. Hungry Howie’s has fantastic food to suit any appetite.

Benito’s Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta

If you love wood-fired pizza in a laid-back setting, Benito’s is the spot for you. It’s a perfect way to relax after a long day at the beach. Their specialties include the Southern Style Pizza made with sausage, BBQ chicken and onion; the Crazy Jamaican Pizza, topped with pineapple, bacon, ham, banana peppers and jerk seasoning; and the Ricotta Pizza with fresh tomato, basil, and garlic. Fans also love the strombolis, pasta, and calzones.

Kings Famous Pizza

For over 30 years, Kings Famous Pizza has served up limitless build-your-own options. Their bread is brought in from New York, and the mozzarella sticks are a must while you wait. Gluten-free pies, subs, gyros, pasta, lasagna, and desserts are also on the menu. Not only will you enjoy the pizza but their friendly wait staff as well.

NY Style Pizza

Located steps away from Myrtle Beach’s stunning beachfront, NY Style Pizza has several options to satisfy any cravings. This pizza spot is one of the most reasonably priced places you’ll find on Ocean Blvd. Stop in and try their specialty pizzas including the Taco or Seafood pizza.

Mama Mia Pizzeria

Mama Mia’s got their start by handing out samples of their pizzas to hospitality workers and front-desk clerks. People who don’t even like pizza love Mama Mia Pizzeria. Specialties include their BBQ chicken pizza, the Cheesesteak pizza, the BBQ Magnifico, and the Gladiator complete with filet, peppers, sautéed mushrooms, and onions.

Famous Andy’s Pizzeria

Famous Andy’s is the only pizzeria on the coast that’s open until 2:30 a.m. on the weekdays. It is considered the best pizza in North Myrtle Beach. They serve Philly Style Pizza & Cheesesteaks made by original Philadelphians. The salads are always fresh, and the lemon pepper wings are to die for.

Capriccio Italian Restaurant

This Italian hot spot serves pizza, fish dishes, and pasta in a storefront location with sidewalk seating. At Capriccio’s the food is always fresh from the salads to the homemade sauces. Locals give a big thumbs up to the Gnocchi Sorrentino and the Calamari Marinara. Capriccio Italian Restaurant is a place where the friendly staff always treats you like family.

Michael’s Pizza, Pasta & Grill

Michael’s Pizza, Pasta & Grill is an unpretentious pizza parlor that offers New York-Style pizzas, pasta, sandwiches, and other small Italian bites. Michael’s has been in business since 1996 and offers takeout, delivery, and a cozy dine-in experience.

 Ducatis Pizzeria

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Enjoy specialty pizza and other Italian fare at Ducatis Pizzeria. The food has excellent flavor without feeling overwhelming. Their expansive menu includes the lobster ravioli which is full of flavor and perfectly portioned. The Caesar salad alone is the best you’ll find in the area.

Toffinos

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At Toffinos you can order pizza by the slice, and they will even cut it smaller for the kiddos. The bakery is terrific with fresh bread, rolls, and pastries. If you’re not in the mood for pizza, the pork sandwich is delicious, tangy and worth the try. The sauces Toffinos puts on their pizza is genuinely out of this world.

Gordon Biersch Brewery

While well-known for their German-style craft beer, Gordon Biersch serves up specialty pizzas and flatbreads. The Barbecue Chicken Pizza and Margherita Flatbread are top sellers and are included in the happy hour menu. Dine on stuffed shrimp, nachos, or potstickers while you wait.